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Posted by: T | 2011/01/29

Low Blood Pressure

Hi,
What blood pressure reading would be considered as being " low blood pressure" 

And if your blood pressure is low - what can be taken to bring it back up to an acceptable level?

Thank you

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ow blood pressure (hypotension) is pressure so low it causes symptoms or signs due to the low flow of blood through the arteries and veins. When the flow of blood is too low to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidney, the organs do not function normally and may be temporarily or permanently damaged.

Unlike high blood pressure, low blood pressure is defined primarily by signs and symptoms of low blood flow and not by a specific blood pressure number. Some individuals routinely may have blood pressures of 90/50 with no symptoms and therefore do not have low blood pressure. However, others who normally have higher blood pressures may develop symptoms of low blood pressure if their blood pressure drops to 100/60.

Treatment includes products such as Effortil, or even having something salty to eat.

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Our users say:
Posted by: trace | 2011/02/08

salty foods and if severe a treatment with epinephrine to increase the contraction of the heart and cause more blood to be pumped,but will also need a vasodilator to increase more blood flow

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Posted by: pharmacist | 2011/01/31

ow blood pressure (hypotension) is pressure so low it causes symptoms or signs due to the low flow of blood through the arteries and veins. When the flow of blood is too low to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidney, the organs do not function normally and may be temporarily or permanently damaged.

Unlike high blood pressure, low blood pressure is defined primarily by signs and symptoms of low blood flow and not by a specific blood pressure number. Some individuals routinely may have blood pressures of 90/50 with no symptoms and therefore do not have low blood pressure. However, others who normally have higher blood pressures may develop symptoms of low blood pressure if their blood pressure drops to 100/60.

Treatment includes products such as Effortil, or even having something salty to eat.

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